Named after the central character in CS Lewis’ Narnia series of books, Aslan burst onto the scene in the mid-’80s with ‘This Is’, which became the longest ever playlisted single on RTÉ 2fm. Its parent Feel No Shame album remains one of the great Irish debuts, going gold at home and coming tantalisingly close to cracking the UK where NME were ardent champions. Derailed for a while by well-publicised personal problems, the band reconvened in 1993 after a five-year break and remain both chart regulars and one of the country’s biggest live draws.
Four things you might not know about Aslan…
– Aslan are playing the Music Show as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations, which also include an al fresco blowout on June 30 in Tallaght Stadium.
– Their collaborations down through the years have included Sinéad O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, Damien Rice and Alabama 3 who re-worked ‘Crazy Dreams’ into their Outlaw track, ‘How Can I Protect You’.
– In addition to their upcoming Nudie Books And Frenchies album, the band are readying a career-spanning documentary, which will screen and get a DVD release later in the year.
– Before going the rock ‘n’ roll route, Christy Dignam studied the operatic art of Bel canto singing.